Ogilvy claims maiden title on home soil

 

Golf - Australian PGA Championship: Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy claimed his first title in Australia with a two-stroke victory over Mathew Goggin at the Australian PGA Championship in Coolum, Queensland today.

Australian Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open champion, shot a flawless three-under par 69 to overhaul overnight leader Goggin and post a winning 14-under total of 274.
   
"It feels pretty good. It's obviously been a really good week for me," said Ogilvy after his win at the Hyatt Regency resort course. "It has been a long time coming in Australia.
   
"I feel like I've been playing well over the last two or three months... and felt really good all week.
   
"I missed a few putts earlier in the week but I knew (on Sunday) that I would make birdies because I was playing so well."
   
Ogilvy was a model of consistency throughout the final day in temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius to overhaul the 34-year-old Goggin who had started with a one-stroke lead that he extended to three shots early in his round.
   
However, Goggin's lead started to disintegrate when he made successive bogeys at nine and 10 and his chances of winning evaporated when a wild hook off the tee on the par-five 15th found the water, which led to a bogey and gave Ogilvy the lead.
   
Goggin also bogeyed the par-four 18th to finish with 72 and on 12-under 276, one stroke ahead of fellow Australians Peter Senior (69), Scott Strange (69) and last week's Australian Masters champion Rod Pampling (72), who finished tied for third.
   
The 31-year-old Ogilvy, who was annoyed on Saturday at being asked about breaking his title drought at home, said he was pleased he would not have to answer questions about it again.
   
"I don't have to answer any more questions next week (at the Australian Open in Sydney)," he said.
   
"There is an element who might think that it's not a US tour field (and) there is no Mickelson, Garcia or Woods and it is easier (to win in Australia), but it's not.
   
"You only get two or three chances a year, where as you get 20-odd (opportunities) in the US.
   
"It's nice that I have done it. I don't want to stop there and hopefully I can get a few more." 

Collated final round scores and totals in the Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship, Hyatt Regency Coolum Resort GC, Coolum, Queensland, Australia

(Aus unless stated, Par 72):

274Geoff Ogilvy 67 71 67 69

276Mathew Goggin 67 68 69 72

277Rodney Pampling 70 67 68 72, Scott Strange 70 69 69 69, Peter Senior 70 67 71 69

278Brett Rumford 69 72 69 68, Chris Gaunt 71 68 68 71, John Senden 69 70 71 68, Wade Ormsby 70 70 69 69, Wayne Perske 71 66 73 68

279Tim Clark (Rsa) 68 73 69 69, Peter O'Malley 72 67 67 73, Paul Sheehan 66 70 74 69

280Peter Wilson 68 69 72 71, Tim Wilkinson (Nzl) 66 72 69 73

281Jarrod Lyle 72 63 71 75, Michael Brennan 71 70 71 69

282Nathan Green 70 68 72 72, Craig Parry 71 71 72 68, Steven Conran 71 70 69 72

283David Lutterus (Rsa) 70 67 74 72, Paul Goydos (USA) 72 67 72 72, Robert Allenby 71 71 72 69

284Brad Kennedy 71 70 73 70, Heath Reed 69 74 71 70, Stuart Appleby 71 70 73 70, Ashley Hall 72 71 73 68

285Steve Alker (Nzl) 71 68 72 74, Matthew Millar 69 71 71 74, Matt Ballard 70 68 75 72, Darron Stiles (USA) 73 69 72 71, Anthony Brown 69 72 74 70, Richard Green 72 71 75 67, Craig Spence 76 68 74 67

286Aron Price 70 70 73 73, Martin Doyle 71 73 72 70

287Michael Long (Nzl) 67 72 73 75, Ryan Haller 73 71 73 70

288David McKenzie 72 69 78 69, Bradley Hughes 70 72 75 71, Michael Curtain 70 67 76 75, Josh Geary (Nzl) 72 70 76 70, Adam Blyth 70 72 76 70, Brad Lamb 73 71 74 70

289Michael Sim 70 73 74 72, Marc Leishman 72 69 72 76, Greg Chalmers 72 72 74 71, Steven Bowditch 70 72 72 75, Terry Pilkadaris 70 70 76 73

290Aaron Black 71 72 74 73, Tim Wood 73 71 74 72, Brent McCullough 71 72 78 69, Adam Crawford 72 68 78 72

291Richard Lee (Nzl) 67 71 73 80, Rudi Bezuidenhout 72 72 73 74, Peter Nolan 68 75 74 74

292Mahal Pearce (Nzl) 69 73 73 77, Rowan Beste 73 71 74 74, David Diaz 73 67 77 75

293Alex Simpson 75 68 79 71, Bronson LaCassie 70 74 75 74

294Stephen Dartnell 74 70 76 74, Dae-hyun Kim (Kor) 74 69 73 78

295Mark Brown (USA) 71 72 75 77

296Craig Jones 70 73 78 75

297Michael Lambert 71 73 77 76

299Luke Hickmott 71 73 78 77